No Face Performance Group

Midnight Vigil: A Delirious Encounter with Divine Inspiration

Abbot Adam: Matins/Lauds

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This July, join us for Abbot Adam: Matins/Lauds, a three-night performance installation that explores creativity and devotion through temporal and circadian disruption. In line with Dr. Albert Barnes's support of emerging contemporary artists, the Barnes Foundation and Philadelphia Contemporary present a new work by No Face Performance Group, the collaborative project of artists Jaime Maseda and Mark McCloughan.

Matins/Lauds is the latest installment of Abbot Adam, an ongoing series of works that uses the structure of medieval monasticism—specifically the rigorous practice of hourly prayer—to examine the concepts of commitment, community, and desire. In residence at the Annenberg Court for three consecutive nights, the artists, performing as medieval nuns, will engage in a devotional practice from midnight to sunrise. Alternating periods of improvised creation with brief cycles of sleep, the performers spontaneously compose a night in the abbey as mundanity gives way to delirium. The first two nights, July 6–7, will be live-streamed at barnesfoundation.org. The third night of the installation, July 8, is open for the public to witness in person.

Live streaming
July 6, 11:59 pm–July 7, 6 am
July 7, 11:59 pm–July 8, 6 am

Live event
July 8, 11:59 pm–July 9, 6 am

Photo by Nessie Nankivell.



Abbot Adam: Matins/Lauds
Saturday, July 8, 11:59 pm–Sunday, July 9, 6 am 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, PA 19130 $16; members $8; college students $8 with valid ID (walk-up only)

Drop in any time between midnight and 6 am or stay for the entire vigil.

Reserve general admission or member tickets online or call 215.278.7200.

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